Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, has formally dedicated a new church and diocesan offices in the diocese of Kwara. The new Church of the Ascension and the diocesan secretariat buildings have been built in the diocesan bishop’s court in Ilorin, the state capital of Kwara, in western Nigeria. The Bishop of Kwara Diocese, Olusegun Adeyemi, was last year elected as the new Archbishop of the internal province of Kwara, which includes six other dioceses.
At the formal dedication, Archbishop Nicholas said that the Anglican Church places much premium on dedication of the two types of church: both the buildings and the people.
He explained that in the process of ordination, a priest is dedicated to be a living sacrifice to God. He said the buildings are dedicated to God through prayer, worship and service of God; and cited King Solomon’s dedication of the Temple as an example.
The church, he said, is a place of refuge where people turn when they are at crossroads in decision making, choosing marriage partners, business, and politics or when persecuted. He said that church is “a sure place to be, because angels and saints are present to bear witness.”
During the dedication service, the Diocesan Mass Choir gave a rendition, and there were also performances by the Brigade and Girls Guild.